The outcomes haven’t changed, certainly for the better, as the Sooners are allowing more passing yards in the last six games as they did the first six — 292.1 vs. 264.3 — and more running yards as well — 168 now vs. 157.8 then.
The Sooners have also given up 40 or more points in each of the last four games, the first such four-game streak in Sooners’ history.
Oklahoma has surrendered 40 or more points five times. Only twice before in OU history had the Sooners allowed 40 or more points in four games all season.
But the personnel on the defense has been shuffled around, with Tre Brown moving into the lineup at cornerback in place of Parnell Motley and Caleb Kelly at the strongside linebacker in place of Mark Jackson Jr.
Safeties Kahlil Haughton and Justin Broiles, who both started against the Longhorns the first time around, have been injured and Oklahoma has had to reach into its already thin defensive depth to find replacements.
While Oklahoma’s offense figures to light up the scoreboard, the Sooners’ chances to make a third College Football Playoff in four years figures to be decided based on what the defense can do to slow down the Longhorns — if it can.
“There’s a lot of history on the line, things that are meaningful for us because the history of our program is important to us,” Lincoln Riley said. “When you have a chance to make history around here, you’re doing something pretty special. Can’t wait to get back there.”